Meet our Board of Directors | Unit4

Meet our Board of Directors

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Mike Ettling

Chief Executive Officer

I’m a CEO, Investor, builder of world-class teams, champion of diversity and continuous learner, and I’m passionate about people. From my first leadership role in the Boy Scouts, to exec positions in the tech industry, my career has revolved around elevating, engaging and enabling people. I joined Unit4 to get the market as excited in our unique approach to enterprise tech as I am. We’re building systems that change how people experience work, and the impact will be huge.

Outside of work I’m a family man, a Liverpool supporter, and a proud South African.

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Gordon Stuart

Chief Financial Officer

I’ve worked across a diverse range of businesses serving global markets and truly believe that finance is critical to leading change. The CFO’s leadership responsibilities and opportunities have grown beyond managing finances, measuring performance and delivering reports. I learned early on that a holistic understanding of the business and industry is essential to driving growth and success.

I spend my discretionary time with my family and watching and playing sports – some more successfully than others.

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Léo Apotheker

Chairman of the Board
(Appointed 2014)

I have 29 years' experience in the technology industry as I have a passion for software, its beneficial impacts on society at large and in particular on businesses and people.

I became Chairman of the Unit4 Board in 2016, and am currently Chairman of Syncron AB in Sweden.

I also hold positions as Vice Chairman and Lead Director for Schneider Electric SE, and as Non-Executive Director at P2, Nice Systems Inc, MercuryGate and Taulia. I am the former President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Corporation, and the former CEO of SAP.

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Chris Ouwinga

Board member and Vice Chairman
(Appointed 2013)

I have been an entrepreneur in the software industry all my life. I co-founded Unit4 in 1980, led as CEO for more than 30 years and joined the board after acquisition, to help Unit4’s continuing growth and success. I am also a long-time board-member of the NL ICT industry association, which supports the global profile of the Dutch software industry. In addition, I invest in and help technology start-ups in the software and biotech space, as well as in several other industries in Europe.

Aside from my family, my personal interests are centered around the many aspects of technological development and their profound impact on our world.

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Hervé Couturier

Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 2019)

I am an engineer by heart and by education. So, no surprise that I’ve embraced an engineering career, which took me from developing Fortran code for IBM (yes, that was long ago), to leading significant R&D teams at SAP and Amadeus (not so long ago), and now acting as a strategic partner for B2B software companies. I’ve always enjoyed solving problems, and the most interesting ones are related to the alignment between people, strategy and technology.

I sail around the world with family and friends on my boat, when I’m not working. In fact, sometimes, I also work from my boat – that’s the benefit (some would say drawback) of modern technology.


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Adam Hale

Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 2018)

I have spent my career driving business change through People and Technology. I try to help businesses to be market leaders through having clarity of purpose, focus, customer success and the best team. I want everything to be high quality, impactful & distinctive. I joined the board as Unit4 has an opportunity to become the global software leader, helping mid-market companies to manage their People, Finances, Projects & Plans.

Outside work, two things have kept me relatively sane: my family and riding a bike.

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Douglas Hallstrom

Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 2020)

I am a passionate technology investor and student of the software industry. Enterprise tech is increasingly about helping organizations create great people experiences, and I’m very excited about Unit4’s strategy and efforts to help lead this trend.

I joined Advent International in 2014 and help drive our tech investment activities in Europe. In 2017-18 I worked in operating roles at Unit4, so I know the company well.

In my spare time I’m an avid triathlete, hip hop music fan, and car enthusiast!

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Jeff Paduch

Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 2020)

As a Managing Partner at Advent International, I am responsible for coordinating the firm’s efforts in the business and financial services sector, as well as coverage of the Nordic region. I have worked on 20 Advent investments, including Aareon AG, Concardis, Equiniti, Nexi, Nets, Prisma Medios de Pagos S.A., Transactions Services Group and Worldpay, among others.

Unit4 is an exciting part of our portfolio as the company has the vision, products and the capabilities to drive innovation and success for its customers, partners and employees.

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Liliana Solomon

Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 2019)

My career in the tech sector, working with the world’s largest telecoms organizations including Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, has taught me the importance of great leadership and effective teamwork.

I’ve worked on five continents as the CFO of a PE-owned company, the Awaze Group, Europe's Leading Vacation Rentals Group and in supervisory board positions including Scout24 AG and Metro AG. Prior to Awaze, I was CFO of two PE-backed businesses, Arqiva and Unify.

I’m multi-lingual, fluent in English, German, French and Romanian and a keen tennis player. Within the Unit4 Board, I chair the Audit Committee.

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